A School of Community and Public Benefit
The school aims to play as full a part in the local community as possible. The school was founded over one hundred years ago on its present site in 1912. The school became an Educational Charity in 1986 with the object of providing education.
The school has always striven to support those in need, providing a level of benefit not only to our own children, but also to the Government and community both locally and internationally.
We currently educate about 100 children full time between the ages of 4 and 7 in our main school, and up to 52 children between the ages of 3-4 in our Nursery. We specialise in providing an all-round education, not just focusing on academic subjects. The standard of our education is reviewed annually against national benchmarks and our standards consistently exceed those benchmarks.
We support graduate trainees and also enable NQTs to achieve ‘Qualified Teacher Status’.
Surrey County Council is required to offer a choice of providers to parents under their EYFE scheme. The school is registered for Foundation Stage children and there is a great demand in Esher for independent school places. We have extended the day for the children by allowing three-year-olds to be dropped off at 8.00am and to be collected later than 3.15pm on some days. The ‘Sure Start New Places Grant’ has not been sought from Surrey County Council. Our provision for Foundation Stage children has recently been radically improved. In addition, the school has installed ramps, a lift and automatic opening doors. The ‘Disability Discrimination Act Capital Grant’ was not sought from Surrey County Council to provide these.
School facilities may, by agreement, be available free to use for charity events or for hire at a nominal charge.
The school has a long tradition of charitable giving and, with our Parents’ Association, 'The Shrewsbury Pre-Preparatory Association' (SPPA), chooses a specific charity annually for active fund raising involving the children, parents and staff. The school has supported ‘Street Child Africa’, ‘The Rainbow Trust’, ‘Vision Aid Overseas’, ‘The Newman Holiday Trust’, ‘Auditory Verbal UK’ and 'The Lower Green Community Association' and 'Challengers'.
We support annual national campaigns, such as the Royal British Legion’s ‘Poppy Appeal’, 'Red Nose Day', ‘Samaritan’s Purse’ and ‘Operation Christmas Child’ and international ones as a response to emergency appeals, such as ‘School in a Suitcase’ kits, Christmas Boxes, and spectacles for ‘Vision Aid’.
Shrewsbury House Pre-Prep has worked with Shrewsbury House School to collect sports shoes as part of ‘CONVERSION – a new life for old shoes,’ supporting the Lao Rugby Federation in their youth development programme ‘Champa Ban.’ This programme is providing the opportunity for over 2,000 girls and boys to get involved in a sport that promotes the values of, Integrity, Discipline, Passion, Respect and Solidarity on and off of the pitch. Additionally integrated life-skills sessions focus on leadership skills, numeracy, literacy and positive attitudes towards gender equality.
We are also actively engaged in charitable work in the local community; our children regularly sing at homes for the elderly, and donations offered at Harvest Festival are given to local charities supporting those in need. Local residents and neighbours are invited to our Open Days and certain musical performances. We participate in the Claygate Music Festival, welcoming the public to our performance. We have also taken part in the Claygate in Bloom festival, where the children have planted flowers for the community, and their art and craft work has been displayed publicly as part of the festival.
As part of their education, the children are encouraged to recognise people who are important in our community. They enjoy visits from services such as the police, fire service and medical personnel.